100 Best Health Foods – Volume 15: 71-75

Are you stocking your cupboards & fridge with items that help create optimal health & performance?

You can use this countdown of the top 100 Best Health foods to help you do so.

Below are 5 more of the healthiest foods available along with more information about their nutrition, benefits & interesting facts that can help bring about optimal health & performance.

 soybeans

  1. Soybeans

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:   147

Fat: 6.8 g

Carbohydrates:  11.05 g

Sugars:  0

Fibre: 4.2 g

Protein:  12.95 g

Potassium:  620 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Soybeans are a complete source of low saturated fat protein.
  • They are rich in plant compounds which may help to protect against hormone-based cancers.
  • They help to lower “bad” cholesterol levels as well as protect against heart disease.
  • Soybeans can help to reduce symptoms of menopause – even including hot flashes.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Soybean is used in plastics, wood adhesives & textiles.
  • Soybeans are also used in making candles, hair care products & cleaning products.

 

Now, moving on to herbs & spices…

 

  1. Basil

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  23

Fat: 1 g

Carbohydrates:  3 g

Sugars:  0 g

Fibre: 2 g

Protein:  3 g

 

 

Benefits:

  •  Basil is traditionally used in remedies for nausea, indigestion & stomach ache.
  • Basil acts as an insect repellent & provides antibacterial action.
  • It acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Basil is high in lutein & zeaxanthin which is great for eye health.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Basil was first mentioned in English writings in the mid-seventeenth century.
  • Basil is considered to be sacred in Hindu cultures; many Hindus believe it to be a favourite of the gods.

 

  1. Mint

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  70

Fat: 1 g

Carbohydrates:  0 mg

Sugars:  0 g

Fibre:  8 g

Protein: 4 g

 

 

Benefits:

  • Mint helps to relieve indigestion & calms the stomach.
  • It helps to relieve nasal & chest congestion.
  • Mint may have anticancer action.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Mint is named after a Greek mythical character, Menthe.
  • Mint comes in over 30 different varieties.
  • Ancient Hebrews used to scatter mint on the floor of their synagogue for its scent.

 

  1. Parsley

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 36

Fat:  1 g

Carbohydrates:  6 g

Sugars:  1 g

Fibre: 3 g

Protein:  3 g

 

Benefits:

  • Parsley is a great source of vitamin C & iron, potassium & other folates.
  • Parsley is a source of lutein & zeaxanthin which helps to prevent against macular degeneration (an eye condition that leads to loss of central vision).
  • Parsley acts as a breath purifier.
  • It provides antioxidants & anticancer action.
  • Parsley contains essential oil apiol which is used as a traditional remedy for fluid retention & menstrual disorders.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • It is best to add Parsley near the end of the dish to ensure flavour.
  • Ancient Greeks believed that Parsley came from the blood of the hero Archimedes after he slayed a dragon.

 

  1. Rosemary

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  131

Fat:  5.9 g

Carbohydrates:  20.7 g

Sugars:  0 g

Fibre:  14.1 g

Protein:  3.3 g

 

Benefits:

  • Rosemary has strong antioxidant activity.
  • Rosemary helps to boost memory & other brain functions.
  • It is used as a general tonic & may lift depression.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • In the 16th century Rosemary was often burned in sickrooms to help kill germs as a disinfectant.
  • Ancient Greeks believed that Rosemary was a magical plant that could strengthen memory.

 

 

Things to Remember…

 

There are plenty of healthy foods to choose from but the real trick to optimal health & performance is:

  • When is the optimal time to consume the food
  • How much should you consume for optimal results
  • Eat fruit as a snack rather than with or straight after your main meals

Remember, when you eat too much of a healthy food or eat at the wrong times throughout the day you will tip your system out of balance carrying yourself away from your optimal state.

Watch out for more articles about these points soon…

 

Finally, remember if you are taking any medication to always check with your doctor before drastically changing your diet or exercise habits.

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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P.S. Keep an eye out for the next installments of the 100 Best Health Foods!

 

 

 

Resources:

http://farmflavor.com/soybean-fun-facts/

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/213/2

http://blog.americanspice.com/index.php/fun-facts-on-parsley/

http://www.herbinfosite.com/?page_id=337

http://blog.americanspice.com/index.php/fun-facts-on-mint/

100 Best Health Foods, The ultimate superfoods for healthy living including 100 nutritious recipes, Love Food

 

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